Hostel Meknes, Meknes

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Hostel Meknes Reviews

In a smaller Moroccan city like Meknes, your options are limited for hostels -- but HI - Meknes Hostel provides basic accommodation at prices that will seem unthinkably cheap to those from Western countries. HI membership is not always checked, and the nonmembers supplement is tiny if it applies. Note that rooms may still be available even if online availability shows it being sold out. Reception closes "at night" with a lockout, but times are not specific.

The Location

The hostel is located in the new town, about a fifteen-minute walk from the medina and old town. A taxi stand is located close by to arrange trips to the Roman ruins at Volubilis. The hostel is well known in the city, but be sure to refer to it by its French name -- Auberge de Jeunnesse -- as that is how it is commonly known. If arriving by train, be sure to get off at the Meknes el-Amir station as it is closer to the hostel than Meknes station. Be sure to negotiate the taxi fare! Parking is available on the street outside the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are very basic and a bit musty. Only one key is provided per room, so you must ask at the front desk for it. Linens are provided, but cleanliness is uncertain. The locks and windows are not extremely secure. Lockers are not provided. The rooms do not have much space. There are dorms ranging from three to eight beds, and three-bed privates are also available.

The bathrooms are very basic and quite dirty. Hot showers cost a fee, but cold showers are free. The showers have adequate pressure, but there isn't enough room to change. There is a hook. The bathrooms were apparently recently renovated, but you wouldn't know it from looking at them.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a small kitchen with a fridge and stove. There is a courtyard, a small "library," and a small inside area adjacent to the courtyard with seating and an old TV which may or may not work. Most people hang out in the courtyard. With the hostel being relatively small, and Meknes attracting mostly more intense travelers, it is quite easy to meet people in the courtyard. Breakfast is also served there in the morning -- very basic bread and freshly-squeezed orange juice. The atmosphere is lively at night, but not for partying. Alcohol is not permitted, but smoking is in the courtyard. Luggage storage is provided for a fee.

Summary

HI - Meknes Youth Hostel is pretty much your only option in town unless you wish to stay in a budget hotel. The price is so little for most travelers that it is worth trying to stay here. The facilities are very limited, but keeping in mind you are in Morocco, it is an ok place to stay for a night or two.

Neel Shah
2009-09-22
Canada

Description

**Additionnal information**

-The hostel is closed on Sundays and Bank holidays, from 10:00 to 17:00

- Check-out from 10:00 am. You can leave your luggage.

- You can't stay in the Youth Hostel between 10:00 and 13:00 (morning) and from 16:00 to 19:00 (afternoon), except as a force majeure (illness)

- The Youth Hostel has signed an agreement with a doctor who can help you if you're sick (YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY) in case of emergency and on request.

- For any other information, please contact the reception.

**New at MEKNES Youth Hostel**

From July 1st 2008, the hostel organizes tours for HI members:
VOLUBILIS & MOULAY IDRISS (the Holy City), according to the following criteria:

1°) Minimum 10 participants

2°) Programme:
- Leaving the hostel at 9:30 am.
- Arrival at VOLUBILIS at 10:15 am.
- Guided tour of the Roman ruins
- Leaving for My IDRISS at 12:00 am (5 km).
- Lunch at My IDRISS (typical moroccan setting, with a tea on the panoramic terrace).
- Visit of the Holy City at 3:30 pm.
- Back at the hostel at 5:30 pm.

3°) Price of the whole package: 150 DH, including:
- Transportation (going and back)
- Visit of the Roman ruins.
- Lunch + tea
- Guide

4°) You must book this activity preferably in advance, on the hostel page (aubergejeune-meknes.com), or on site, subject to availability.

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In December 1996, Meknes was declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO Government Committee.

It is one of the four Imperial cities in Morocco. During the reign of Mulay Ismail (1672 - 1727), it enjoyed a period of prosperity and what remains of the grandeur of that previous age, makes this city an important place to visit in every trip to Morocco. Mulay Ismail chose Meknes as the capital of the country for strategic reasons as well as for political and geographical factors. Apart from its architectural importance (evident even to the less informed tourists), the Casbah in Meknes enjoys a unique importance since it was the first achievement of the Alaouites Dynasty, the dynasty that has been in power, reigning for over 300 years.

Location and Contact

Location

• Bus: 2,5 km, train station
• Parking: Private parking (chargeable)
• Location: My Idriss Zerhoun road, next to Transatlantique Hotel
• Rail: 0,9 km, El Amir Abdelkader train station
• Airport: - 230km, Casablanca Mohamed V airport- 130km, Rabat-SALE airport- 60km, FES-SAIS airport

Address: Boulvard Okba Ben Nafii, Meknes, Morocco

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Website

Website Hostel Meknes Meknes www.hihostels.com/hostels/meknes
Phone Number: +212 55 52 46 98
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Breakfast

Luggage Storage

BBQ Grill

Currency Exchange

Food/Restaurant

Laundry

Lounge Area

TV

Wheelchair Accessible

Genders: Males Only

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